There is no typical Urban Planning student at UCLA. Current students come from around the country and around the world. The age of students in the department varies widely as well. While some enroll directly out of college, most have had at least a few years of work experience in various fields (for example teaching, architectural practice, or community development), and several have returned to school after many years of work. Undergraduate majors vary widely from architecture, geography, sociology, political science, and education, to engineering.
Like the UCLA student body as a whole, current Urban Planning students are an ethnically diverse group: 33 percent caucasian, 27 percent Asian-American (including students of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Filipino descent), 29 percent Chicana/o or Latina/o, and 4 percent African American. About 61 percent of planning students are women.